Students dissect a sheep's eye

Ms. Robinson’s eighth grade students ended their “In a New Light” unit by dissecting the eye of a sheep. The students have been doing activities that involve learning something new, how we remember things using our different senses, how we perceive light and objects, and how the structure of our eye affects how we perceive the world we live in. As the students were dissecting the eye, they were able to recall the different structures of the eye and their functions along with what structure cows and sheeps have that humans do not. This was a great way to end the year!

teachers versus students in competition

Teachers and students had loads of fun competing against each other at yesterday’s Scholastic Bowl competition. In the beginning the teachers had an edge. But that edge quickly disappeared as students quickly answered a series of questions that stumped the teachers. The final score was: Students: 145; Teachers: 110.

students listening to presentation

Should the Vernon Hills Police Department add a canine unit? As part of a unit on persuasion, students in Middle School South’s sixth-grade writing classes wrote letters to the Village of Vernon Hills, describing why they felt such a unit was needed. Vernon Hills Police chief, Patrick Kreis, read all the letters and provided feedback to about 100 students yesterday. In addition, Officer Paret, who previously served as the District’s school resource officer, talked about his experiences as a canine officer.

student learning about the school

Fifth-grade students from several elementary schools took a tour of Middle School South yesterday so they could begin to familiarize themselves with the building they will attend in the fall. A select group of Middle School South students provided them with tips about daily life at the middle school and took them on a tour. They visited the gym, art room, the STEM room, the consumer technology room and other areas. They also learned about the wide range of clubs, from chess to the Battle of the Books club, and sports teams they could join. In this way, they are better prepared when this school becomes their home in the fall.

Track meet winners

Congratulations to the Middle School South girls who scored big at the State track meet this weekend. Eighth grader Rose S. won first place in the 800 meter run (time of 2:20) and got second in the mile (5:18)! Seventh grader Emma F. won third place in the mile, despite being in the slower heat (time of 5:26), and fifth place in the 800 meter (2:28). #D73inspires

Hawthorn PTO offers pre-packed, grade-specific school supply kits as a convenient way for families to purchase quality, name brand school supplies. The school supplies contained in the kits are those specifically requested at each grade level. (There are some items that cannot be provided in the kits. Examples include, but are not limited to gym shoes, gym suits, locks and backpacks).

What’s New?

School Supply Kits for the upcoming school year are available for purchase online via our PTO Store through June 3rd. Kits are built with high quality name brand supplies and delivered to your home before school starts.

For check payments only: paper forms will be sent home via backpack mail the week of May 17th. Completed forms and checks are due to your child’s teacher by May 31st.


Los kits de suministros escolares para el próximo año escolar están disponibles para comprar en línea ahora a través de nuestra tienda PTO hasta el 3 de junio. Los kits se fabrican con suministros de marca de alta calidad y se entregan en su hogar antes de que empiecen las clases.

Solo para pagos con cheque: Los formularios impresos se enviarán a casa por correo de mochila la semana del 17 de Mayo. El Cheque va pagado al Hawthorn 73 PTO. Formulario y cheques se deben entregar al maestro de su hijo antes del 31 de Mayo.

All District 73 required school supplies are included in the kits; you can find the full list of supplies on the district web site with the Registration forms. We have also linked directly to them below.

If you have questions, please contact

students at Pep Rally

Middle School South’s Pep Rally on Friday featured several wonderful performances, contests and a guessing game involving the three retiring staff, Ms. Burton, Mr. Kleinschmidt and Mr. Gomez. The sixth-grade orchestra delivered a splendid rendition of “Crystal Moon” and the Guitar Club played a number of fast and fun pieces.

students run the K

In recognition of their championships, the Middle School South girls soccer and softball teams ran the “K” this morning. Congratulations to our champions.

Middle School South Open House

May 16, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please feel free to tour our wonderful school and make sure to visit all your child’s classrooms to view their amazing work.

The Fine Arts Department will also be participating this evening. Our Art Department has displayed student artwork for you to enjoy and the Music Department will be performing throughout the evening.

6:00 p.m. Chorus Multi-Purpose Room

6:30 p.m. Orchestra Gym

7:20 p.m. Band Gym

The Spring Flash Spirit Wear sale will run May 3rd-May 13th.  Orders will be accepted online only and will be available at the schools the week of May 27th.

students reviewing things from the past

Today in Mrs. Byrne, Mrs. Corush, and Miss Eiter’s Language Arts classrooms, students built more schema on how life in the 1940s might be like.  Rotating around various stations, students looked at pictures of fashion of men and women from shirts and dresses to pants, suits, and shoes.  They also listened to Glenn Miller’s Big Band music and watched videos on the jitterbug.  Finally, students learned about the inventions of silly putty and aerosol cans and how they were meant for World War II.  Students created a Venn Diagram and shared ideas with each other and the classroom.  The classes will be able to use this background knowledge as they read their last anchor test of the year: “Stepping on the Cracks” by Mary Downing Hahn.